Tropical storm Noel developed off the south coast of the island of Hispaniola, composed of Haiti and Dominican Republic, on October 28 and made landfall in Haiti on the 29th with maximum sustained winds near 50 mph (80 km/hr or 43 knots). Noel brought heavy rains that caused widespread floods and prompted landslides across the island of Hispaniola. In the Dominican Republic, 84 people lost their lives and about 14,500 homes were damaged, while 57 deaths were reported in Haiti. Noel's wrath damaged the Dominican Republic's rice, plantain, and cacao plantations leading to an estimated $30 million in losses (Associated Press). After making landfall in Haiti, Noel moved towards Cuba, making a second landfall on October 30 with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph (97 km/hr or 52 knots). According to reports, the heavy rain in Cuba damaged 1,000 homes (Associated Press). Tropical storm Noel became the deadliest storm of the 2007 season (Associated Press).
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